Take a few minutes of this wasteland of a year to fill out the 2020 Escape Room Enthusiast Survey

The lovely and brilliant folks who craft the annual Escape Room Enthusiast Survey have released this year’s installment.

Survey banner shows 4 checkboxes in the shape of locks.

It’s a lot shorter than in past years. And it should come as no surprise that this survey is focused on player reactions to the calamity that has been 2020.

Take a few minutes to support this project by sharing your thoughts, perceptions, and experiences.

Tomorrow (Tuesday, November 3) is the last day to participate. Please share your thoughts today!

On Livestreaming After Our First Room Escapes Since March

It’s finally happening. We’re N95ing up to play our first two real-life room escapes since the first week of March.

The location has been specifically selected and we are taking a few extra precautions.

  • What games are we playing?
  • How are we going about this?
  • How will it go?

Find out at our post-play livestream on Sunday, November 8th. This will be an exclusive conversation with our Patreon supporters (at any backer level) as we try to get more creative with the ways that we reward them for helping to fund the growth and sustainability of Room Escape Artist.

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Date: Sunday, November 8th

Time: 5:00PM Eastern Time

Access: Patreon supporters will receive the link through Patreon

Topics: We’ll be discussing the games that we played that day as well as our thoughts and observations on the current state of the industry. We will of course have a live Q&A where we chat about whatever our supporters have on their minds.


Welcome to our new backers: Angie Meyers, Bronna Butler, and Farand Pawlak. We’re thrilled to have your support.

And thank you to everyone who continues to help us each month:

Adwords Blackhat
Amanda Harris
Andrew Sturridge
Angie Meyers
Anne Lukeman
Ben Rosner
Bill Chang
Breakout Games
Brett Kuehner
Brian Resler
Bronna Butler
C.J. Smith
Cara Mandel
Chris Cannon
Chris M. Dickson
Chris White
Crystal Farr
Daniel Egnor
Darren Miller
David Longley
Derek Tam
Drew Nelson
Eric Mittler
Farand Pawlak
Game On
Greg Marinelli
Greg Schneider
Jim of PARADOXsquared

John Wardrope
Jon Kaufthal
Joseph Allen
Joseph Friesen
Joseph Messteri
Josh Kendrick
Justin Nevins
Lee-Fay Low
Marisa Capobianco
Mark Blume
Mark Denine
Matt Keyser
Michael Wolman
Mihir Kedia
Nathan Walton
Neda Delavarpour
Negina Kolesar
Nick Moran
Nick Rose
No Proscenium
Omer Aru
Patrick McLean
Patrick McNamara
Paul Tashima
Paula Swann
Philip Ho
Rebecca Horste

Rene Sorette
Rex Miller
Rich Bragg
Richard Burns
Rob Tsuk
Ryan Brady
Ryan Hart
S T Cameron
Samantha Koehler
Sara Reed
Scott Olson
Sean McBride
Seth Wolfson
Stephanie McNeill
Steven Valdez
Stuart Bogaty
Stuart Nafey
Tahlia Kirk
Tammy McLeod
Terry Pettigrew-Rolapp
The Wild Optimists
Theresa Piazza
Theresa Wagner
Tiffany Schaefer
Todd McClary
Victor van Doorn
Vivien Ripoll

Thank you!

TERPECA Nominations Are Open

The Top Escape Rooms Project Enthusiasts’ Choice Award – TERPECA – nomination process has begun. This a community-driven endeavor to help surface the finest games that our industry has produced.

Key Details for This Year

This year comes with a few twists… because everything is weird in 2020. The two things that everyone should know are:

  • Even if you haven’t played many real-life escape games this year… if you are eligible to nominate or vote, you still should.
  • Online escape rooms have their own category for nominating and voting.


I’m not going to rehash the background on TERPECA; we’ve done that before. I will remind you that Lisa and I share a vote on the TERPECA board. It is not our project, but we do our best to help guide it along with a few other well-intentioned folks.

Anyway, our nominations are in.

We’ll remind you when voting opens up in a few weeks.

Top Escape Rooms Project: Enthusiast Choice Award 2018 logo. A gold ribbon made of keys.

official statement from TERPECA about 2020 Nominations:

The 2020 nomination window is now open! Nominations for this year’s awards are due October 31, 2020 at midnight Pacific time.

If you’re already approved as a nominator, visit https://voters.terpeca.com/ to get started. We hope that everyone that’s eligible to contribute will do so this year, to help make sure we can properly honor the great work of those that have had a difficult year. If you nominated rooms last year, the process should be much faster this year.

If you’re not an approved nominator, but you’ve played 200+ rooms and would like to join the project this year (or upgrade from voter status from last year), visit https://voters.terpeca.com/. You will be required to provide references and evidence of your room count, but we will do our best to process applications quickly.

Finally, please spread the word to anyone else you know that’s played at least 200 rooms to apply for nominator status as well. We are always trying to grow our pool of contributors to improve our coverage and quality of results.

We will announce the results of the nomination phase and launch the voting phase in early November. For questions, visit https://voters.terpeca.com/faq.

You’re Invited to our IndieCade Panel!

The 2020 IndieCade Festival is happening on the Internet… because that’s where everything is happening this year.

IndieCade Anywhere & Everywhere palm tree banner.

We’ve been talking to the folks from IndieCade for years about doing a session with them, and this was the first time that the stars aligned… so here are the details (and a few other sessions that we think you’ll want to watch):

The Evolving Business of Escape Rooms

When: Thursday, October 22 from 9:00 – 9:45AM Pacific / 12:00 – 12:45PM Eastern

Who: We’ll be joining Juliana & Ariel from The Wild Optimists, and Elan Lee from Exploding Kittens (yes, the Exploding Kittens)

What: Escape Rooms, one of the fastest-growing sectors in games, has always been the site of bold innovation. The pandemic created upheaval. This was inevitable for a medium formed around the idea of physical, group interactivity. While early adaptation allowed escape room businesses to survive, creators continued to evolve the online medium to explore new areas: creating new styles of interaction and broadening accessibility. This panel of accomplished escape room designers, players, and researchers will discuss what has been lost, but also how these creators are pushing their industry to thrive in a future that is both online and in real life.


While much of IndieCade is free, our session is only available to folks with a Plus ($45) or Premium ($155) pass. So grab your tickets before we’re on stage.

IndieCade is 10 days long and packed with games to play, people to meet, and things to learn. We’re excited to be a part of it.

Other Must-See Sessions

  • Expert Roundtable: Influence of Escape Rooms on Video Games (Premium/Plus)
    • This session has passed, but reruns are available on IndieCade’s Twitch channel
    • Speakers: Henry Smith, Laura E. Hall, Mink Ette, William Stacey, and Kim Belair (who spoke at RECON 2020)
  • Finalist Session: Mixing Realities (Premium/Plus)
    • Friday, October 23, 7:00-7:45AM Pacific / 10:00-10:45AM Eastern
    • Eva Anderson, Mark Backler, Mattieu Begin, Patrick Jagoda, Ricky Helgesson, and Tommy Honton

This is just a small selection of the many great sessions that IndieCade has to offer. We hope that you learn lots and play more.